COVID-19 Update


Thank you for visiting our website. Here we will provide information on COVID-19 and how it affects our 2020 camping and cottage season as things continue to evolve. From our family to yours, we hope for health and wellness for you and your families during this difficult time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us

Letter to seasonal campers (May 20, 2020)

The following letter has been sent out to our seasonal campers today.

Hello,

Thank you to everyone who has reached out following our last newsletter update. Providing your updated email addresses and the dates/times you plan to come to the park for maintenance on your site has been great.

In light of recent updates, we wanted to provide a summary to our seasonal campers of some of the precautions we are implementing in our park for this Phase 1 of opening. Please keep in mind that these are evolving as we work to acquire the necessary safety items (many of which are on backorder and are difficult to acquire by local businesses right now).

We are asking the following for those planning to visit the park for site maintenance:

  1. Visiting the park: Please only visit your site to complete maintenance and to open your site following winter storage. The gate will be closed and sanitizer will be available.
  2. Common areas: The play structure and beach have been fenced off. Unfortunately, at this time they are closed to use.
  3. Water: The wells are being tested by the Health Unit. At this time there is no access to drinking water in the park. Please bring your own bottled water for your visit.
  4. Items on your site: If there are any damaged items, garbage, old lumber, or items for sale that have not been sold, we are asking you to remove them from your site during your visit. We understand that this could be difficult, but are asking you to plan ahead.

Things to consider bringing with you:

  1. Hand sanitizer, cleaner, Lysol wipes, paper towel, toilet paper
  2. Bottled water
  3. Bug spray (the pesky blackflies are back this year)

More information will come as we continue to plan and watch for government updates. In the future, we will be circulating some information related to our safety plans for the park and will be asking each of you to provide us with some updated information. This will include updated registration forms and safety policies. Many of you have asked about invoicing for the 2020 season. At this time, we have not sent any invoices out, as we do not know what the 2020 season will look like. As soon as we do, we will update everyone.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. It certainly was a different Victoria Day weekend at the park this year. It is the quietest it has been in over 50 years and felt very surreal. We hope that everyone is safe and healthy and look forward to navigating these times together.

Update regarding cottage rentals

As a result of COVID-19 restriction and precautions, all cottage rentals until the end of June have been cancelled. Those who have reserved a cottage for this summer beyond June will be contacted as soon as we receive guidance for overnight rentals and accommodations. We are unsure what this will look like for our 2020 season. We want to ensure the safety of all of our guests and staff. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we all navigate these times together.

Update May 15, 2020

The following email has been sent out to our existing seasonal campers. If you are a seasonal camper and did not receive the update (hopefully it made it past your Spam Folder!), please send us an email with your updated contact information. Thank you!

Hello everyone, 

First and foremost, we hope that this email finds each of you and your families well, safe and healthy. 

We are reaching out to our seasonal campers, in light of the recent announcement by the Ontario government. The announcement included the following statement:

As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. 
The government’s responsible and measured approach to reopening will allow business owners and service provider’s time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public.

 The full announcement can be found on the Ontario governments website here. We have been in contact with our municipality throughout these past few months as updates have emerged. Despite that, this latest announcement came as a surprise to us and other private park owners. The restrictions have been such that we have not been able to do park maintenance, prepare a safety plan, or make any modifications necessary to ensure the safety of all entering and working in the park. 

  1. At this time, our park remains closed and will remain closed until Saturday May 23rd. 
  2. Starting Saturday May 23rd, existing seasonal campers will be permitted to enter the park to check on your trailers, remove tarps, and do site maintenance. The park will remain closed to everyone else at this time
  3. No overnights are allowed at this time (as per government orders)
  4. We ask that anyone entering the park does so after 10am and exits before 4pm
  5. Before your visit, please send us an email at info@blackrockpark.ca the day before letting us know what day you hope to visit the park and who will be coming. Please check the Ontario governments Self Assessment before coming and we ask you not to come if you have any symptoms or have been near anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
  6. Please remain on your site and respect social distancing guidelines. The play structure, beach, nature trails and boat launch are currently closed. The drinking water is still turned off awaiting testing from the Health Unit. 

We will all be working together to prepare our safety measures for the park. Once these are in place, we will update everyone via email on what our season will look like. Like everyone, we are eagerly watching the announcements from the government to see what the next phase will look like, and for us as a family to see what works best for our specific park.
 We really appreciate all of your patience and understanding.
Our greatest priority is the health and safety of everyone who spends time on beautiful Clayton Lake. 

Update May 10, 2020

As of May 6th, the Ontario Government has extended the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until at least May 19th, 2020. This includes the closure of all private campgrounds and parks. Details are provided here. Our park remains closed and entrance is not permitted to the park, including our private boat launch.

For those who have seasonal campsites and have chosen to store your trailers over winter at the park, we understand that there may be concerns related to accessing your trailers, including removing tarps and accessing items stored over the winter. We are in communication with our municipality to assess when/if this can occur, given social distancing requirements and the safety of all entering/staffing the park.

We will be reaching out to our seasonal campers when the restrictions are such to allow for limited and scheduled access for spring maintenance. We will work together to coordinate and to communicate restrictions, as they arise.

What we know for certain is that our 2020 season will look very different this year, but we know that collectively us all working together to stop the spread of COVID-19 is for the greatest good for our entire community, family and friends.

We will be reaching out by email to our seasonal campers. If you are a seasonal camper and have not provided your email address to us previously, please do so. It will allow for the easiest and quickest means of communicating updates. Please email it to us here at info@blackrockpark.ca

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We hope that you and your families are all doing well, are safe and healthy.

Update April 9, 2020

Please note that the following sign is now posted at the entrance to the park. Entrance to the park by is not permitted by anyone, as per the Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Update March 18, 2020